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Rowan Gillespie b.1953 PORTRAIT OF A DREAMER 1982 (HOMAGE TO JOHN LENNON) Bronze, 7ft 5" high (226cm), signed & dated 1982, unique.

Provenance: collection of the artist’s wife.

At the age of 16 Rowan enlisted at The York School of Art, continued on to the Sculpture Department at Kingston College of Art and finally, Ku kunst Og Håndverk Skole in Oslo. He lived and exhibited widely in Sweden before returning to live in Ireland in 1977.

S ince then Rowan has become one of the finest sculptors of our time. He has exhibited extensively in Ireland, England, Russia and America to name just a few of the countries where his work has won numerous plaudits. He has been commissioned to create numerous public pieces both in Ireland and across the world. One of his most admired works is The Famine Trilogy on Custom House Quay in Dublin; Ireland Park in Toronto and Hunter Island, Tasmania.

“ The hope and optimism expressed in John Lennon’s peace anthem, ‘Imagine’, had long been the sound track of my life, however his assassination in 1980 came as an abrupt awakening, the end of an era. Perhaps I simply grew up and for the first time saw the world for what it really was but, in my mind, the dream of peace and a new dawn was gone and the world seemed to be on the brink of nuclear war and self destruction. As a response I created a sculptural tribute to Lennon in a series of five sculptures which I called ‘The Death of a Dreamer Series’. Included in the series were two larger pieces – ‘Imagine’ which is now in the dining room of Kelly’s Hotel, Rosslare and this piece, ‘Portrait of a Dreamer’.”

The Death of a Dreamer Series was successfully shown by the Jonathan Poole Gallery in the Inaugural Arts Fair of the Puck Building, New York in 1983.

Jonathan Poole later became sole agent for the art estate of John Lennon.

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